On my website, Katrina Pearls (now defunct), I have embarked on a three-year plan to write a sermon for each Sunday of the Episcopal Lectionary schedule. Three years covers their Year A, Year B, and Year C coverage of the Old Testament, Epistles, Psalms and Gospels. In my process, I did an analysis of all the potential reading choices, which I provided (most weeks) as “Notes.” Following that, I present a sermon that no one will ever hear. I did this for my own personal pleasure, an aid for my wife (a priest) to use as she saw fit, and for any wandering people interested in certain search terms to investigate … anonymously.
As I wrote this, I was then 1 year (+ or -) into that plan, having begun with the Year C Pentecost season, Proper 6 lessons. Then, we are in Year A Pentecost, and I was up to Proper 14, as of this posting. I add one per week, often two weeks prior to the date of presentation.
Sometimes the notes were more detailed than the sermons. My wife asked me, “Could you put the sermon first, with the notes following?” I answered, “Well, I have no clue what the sermon will be until after I read the lessons and make notes for myself.” In short, “No. I cannot put the sermons first.” It reflects my process.
However, I came up with a solution. I created a new Word Press blog that only acted as the sermons, without the notes. I added pictures to dress them up, most of which were not found posted along with the website presentation (now defunct). I also edited and amended each sermon I posted on Word Press, so there was a difference between the two.
The blog is called Bus Stop Sermons. I began by posting an old article I wrote in 2008, which I then followed with Year C sermons for Proper 6 and Proper 7. I welcome anyone who is interested to take a peek and read a sermon or two. As the readings only change in minor degrees through the three-year cycle, they represent an opinion as to the meaning for anyone wanting that external insight.
The title of the blog comes from the affect the movie Forrest Gump has had on me. I see myself as a voice on a bench, like Forrest was always at some bus stop, waiting and … if anyone would listen … talking. I have waited at bus stops in my life; and you usually get there before the bus arrives, so you don’t miss the bus. People gather and wait, but not that much talking goes on. Life is often not like it is in movies.
Still, maybe there will be some point in your busy lives where you have a 10-15 minute wait: before a meeting; waiting for a lunch date; or sitting in a doctor’s office, etc. With all the new electronic gadgetry that makes it easier to while away that much time, I thought maybe you could take that time to read a sermon from an untrained mind. Instead of a sermon from a church pastor, read the words that come from someone like you … someone who just likes to think about Biblical meaning and imagine how that can relate to modern lives.
Thanks for your time.